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Old 09-02-2015, 04:47 PM   #1
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Default Gaff occasionally draws

As the title implies. Sometimes I draw things in exchange for money; whether that makes me a professional is more a matter of opinion. Ask me about stuff if you want, it makes me feel important.

Some recent pieces:



Herbert West: Reanimator



Photo study from an unattributed picture I found on tumblr - might be from an '80s fashion magazine? I dunno.

And another photo study I'm still working on:



Normally, I start in greyscale, then set my initial colours with gradient maps, but as I'm often unsatisfied with the end result, I thought I'd try starting in colour this time instead. Unsure how I feel about this so far.

Also I don't seem to have permission to reply to other peoples' threads yet, despite my intro post being approved - is that normal?
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Old 09-02-2015, 05:17 PM   #2
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Nice pieces. Do you go with a number of preset gradient maps, or do you build one for each image?

Re: permissions, that's not normal, but we have been having problems with the occasional spambot. One of the mods should drop by soon and fix it.
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Old 09-04-2015, 01:12 PM   #3
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Thanks! I have a few preset gradient maps that I use as a starting point, but I'll usually try to customise them to fit whatever I'm working on at the time.
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Old 09-05-2015, 03:22 AM   #4
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These are really nice, lovin the colors. Is that a NIKE ad?
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Old 09-05-2015, 05:31 AM   #5
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Hah, thanks. But nah, she's just from a stock image I found on Getty.

I did some more work on her face last night, but I'm not that happy with how it's turned out stylistically.



Recently, I've been interested in Serge Birault's work, wherein he seems to get amazing results with just a standard soft brush and not much else. In trying to paint like him though, I was finding it hard to balance the harder edges against the soft ones when working on her face, and when I got to her body, it just felt like I was copying the photo too directly.

Not completely unhappy with it, but I think I'll probably go back to the lineart and try something else for the rendering.
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Old 09-05-2015, 05:53 AM   #6
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Ah referenced practices, the double edged sword. I have similar problems with using ref stock as i frequently fall into the nasty habit of copying what i see and not learning anything to take away to use in my own drawings. Still it looks excellent the blending is fantastic.

Its something i seem to fail to do. I always start with large brushes but i lack any general precision which leaves me slightly miffed and discouraged as i never feel like i see the light at the end of the tunnel when i start the painting process.
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Old 09-06-2015, 01:06 PM   #7
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Blending is something I've always struggled with myself, but lately I've been making a lot more use of the mixer brush in photoshop. It's probably something best used in moderation, but it certainly helps smooth out the transitions if you're stuck.

Having gone away and thought about the runner girl though, I've decided I'd be better off lighting the figure from my own understanding of anatomy as much as I can, rather than relying on the reference photo. I did glance at the picture a few times, but having tried to do as much from my mind as I could, I feel a lot better about this now.




It's still very much work in progress and the colours are flat out wrong (experimenting with dCTb's 'vintage effect' trickery), but I think the way it's headed this time is a lot more sympathetic to the lineart. Also switched back to using Manga Studio for the rendering because I could not get the PS brush to behave in the way I wanted.
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Old 09-08-2015, 07:05 AM   #8
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"CONAN, WHAT IS BEST IN LIFE?"

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Old 09-14-2015, 05:57 PM   #9
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Tribute to the late Wes Craven.



Process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXM-PEG6Zps
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Old 09-20-2015, 06:18 PM   #10
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Finished lineart of Conan:

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Old 10-01-2015, 02:07 PM   #11
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Lineart for the second player character in a game project I've been working at for yonks. This is about my fourth go at a design for her and there's still a fair bit to do on the detailing and line weight, but I'm a lot happier with her now.

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Old 10-03-2015, 02:18 PM   #12
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Is that Bayonetta's sister?
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Old 10-08-2015, 05:40 PM   #13
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I would not deny Bayonetta being an influence here >.>
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I see the Bayonetta there too. Also watch the head to body connection. If you outline her body from the neck to her shoulders, it feels a bit forced with the way her shoulders are angled and how her head should be attaching to her neck.
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You should color this one.
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Also watch the head to body connection. If you outline her body from the neck to her shoulders, it feels a bit forced with the way her shoulders are angled and how her head should be attaching to her neck.
Is it that much of an issue? My grasp of anatomy isn't great, I know, but I didn't think it was too bad:



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You should color this one.
Heh, yeah, I've been working on that. Unsure how I feel about it so far though; I go through alternate periods of being quite pleased with this and thinking I should scrap it and try again.

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I go through alternate periods of being quite pleased with this and thinking I should scrap it and try again.
Regardless of how good an artist is, I think we all go through that at some point or another. Looks good. Only thing I would recommend is using cooler colors for the shadows, like some purple, or green.
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Old 10-19-2015, 06:08 AM   #18
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@Gaff - dude, I get this all the time I constantly think of my stuff as sh1t, wonder what people are seing in it when they go butterflies about it, but ya know what- I used to worry so much about reception it'd kill my creativity, nowadays I just let go, to hell w/ it, and just showing it to people. If they like it, cool. If they don't, still cool. It's not that my life depends on drawing
About the Conan piece, perhaps ya could make the bracelets, boots, necklace and headband a differet hue so he doesn't look like a trophy but the expression is boss.
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Old 10-21-2015, 06:17 AM   #19
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Thanks both I haven't gone off in a huff over it or anything, but annoyingly I've not been back to the Conan one for quite a while, as I've been trying desperately to get this game stuff finished.

Have a robot enemy that is totally not a boomer from Bubblegum Crisis:

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Old 11-04-2015, 06:26 PM   #20
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Still haven't finished Conan. I need a holiday.

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